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JOHN OF THE CROSS  |  SOME WORDS OF WISDOM

Here are some words of wisdom to nibble on, from Saint John of the Cross whose feast day is today, the 14th of December.

“Strive to preserve your heart in peace; let no event of this world disturb it.”

“The endurance of darkness is the preparation for great light.”

“The Soul that is quick to turn to speaking and conversing is slow to turn to God.”

“It is best to learn to silence the faculties and to cause them to be still so that God may speak.”

“What we need most in order to make progress is to be Silent before this great God with our appetite and with our tongue, for the language he best hears is silent love.”

Faith “is like the feet wherewith the soul journeys to God, and love is the guide that directs it.”

“Contemplation is nothing else but a secret, peaceful, and loving infusion of God, which if admitted, will set the soul on fire with the Spirit of love.”

“Take God for your spouse and friend and walk with him continually, and you will not sin and will learn to love, and the things you must do will work out prosperously for you.”

“To saints, their very slumber is a prayer.”

“Love consists not in feeling great things but in having great detachment and in suffering for the Beloved.”

“The soul that is attached to anything however much good there may be in it, will not arrive at the liberty of divine union. For whether it be a strong wire rope or a slender and delicate thread that holds the Bird, it matters not, if it really holds it fast; for, until the cord be broken the bird cannot fly.”

“Desolation is a file, and the endurance of darkness is preparation for great light.”

“Abide in peace, banish cares, take no account of all that happens, and you will serve God according to his good pleasure and rest in him.”

“He who interrupts the course of his spiritual exercises and prayer is like a man who allows a bird to escape from his hand; he can hardly catch it again.”

“If you purify your soul of attachment to and desire for things, you will understand them spiritually. If you deny your appetite for them, you will enjoy their truth, understanding what is certain in them.”

“In tribulation immediately draw near to God with confidence, and you will receive strength, enlightenment, and instruction.”

“Beloved, all that is harsh and difficult I want for myself, and all that is gentle and sweet for thee.”

“It is great wisdom to know how to be silent and to look at neither the remarks, nor the deeds, nor the lives of others.”

“In the evening of life, we will be judged on love alone.”

“If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark.”

“In the dark night of the soul, bright flows the river of God.”

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Which is your preferred word of wisdom from this sage and saint?  Pick up your preferred quotation and post it on your timeline or tweet it, if you happen to be on twitter!



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